MADISON, Wis. — Steve Flesch shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to just take the 1st-round guide in the PGA TOUR Champions’ American Spouse and children Insurance plan Championship.
Flesch chipped in for eagle on the par-5 11th and had six birdies and a bogey at University Ridge.
“Hit a lot of excellent photographs, received away with a several scratchy types,” Flesch stated. “Putted excellent and obtained the ball up-and-down all but just one time, so I experienced a terrific day. But the putting was better than regular and I was rewarded with a good deal of fantastic seems for birdie and capitalized on them.”
The 55-year-outdated still left-hander received the Mitsubishi Electric Common a month in the past in Georgia for his second victory on the PGA TOUR Champions after successful four situations on the PGA TOUR. He also won the Georgia occasion in 2018.
“A good deal of superior wedges,” Flesch stated. “Converted a large amount of the birdie opportunities and which is form of what I did in Atlanta as well.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie have been a stroke back. Jimenez tied for 2nd very last 12 months behind hometown favorite Jerry Kelly.
“The golfing study course is pretty very good, great condition,” Jimenez explained. “With the rain, it is a small bit softer, you can attack a lot more of the flags and the course is not taking part in as rapid as past yr. … A very good golfing course wherever you arrive and if you engage in effectively, you are heading to be rewarded. And if you don’t engage in well, you are heading to put up with.”
Kelly, coming off a playoff victory Sunday in Iowa in the Principal Charity Basic, opened with a 68 in his bid for his 3rd straight victory in the function hosted by Madison mate Steve Stricker. Kelly received in 2019 and the 2020 celebration was canceled since of the pandemic.
Paul Goydos also was at 68 with Iowa playoff loser Kirk Triplett, Esteban Toledo, Tom Pernice Jr. and Tim Herron.
Stricker opened with a 71. Bernhard Langer and Jim Furyk every shot 72.